Free Will

I finished “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris yesterday.  It is a great book.  I got to a section yesterday where he talked about free will.  I clicked on the footnote and read the most amazing words I had seen all day (outside God’s Word).  The footnote is around 1.5 standard pages.  If it was shorter I would post it here.

I normally file books to the completed collection when I am done but I left this one open so I could read the afterward (at least I hope to read it).

This morning I was back in Daniel.  I read Daniel 1 and 2 yesterday.  I really enjoyed the prayer in Daniel 2.  I repeated it a few times this morning.  Yesterday after I read the footnote mentioned above, I got on my knees and thanked God for the joy of reading those words (many words).  Honestly, I was bubbling over with such excitement (I read the footnote twice!).  I wanted to share them with everyone but too few people would have an understanding of my reason for sharing so I refrained from sending them to anyone.  Take that in conjunction with the prayer in Daniel 2.  “O God of my fathers, I acknowledge and glorify you, for you have bestowed…”  God bestows many gifts to me (and you too).  For those gifts, I acknowledge and glorify Him.

I started another book this week.  “Do Over” by Jon Acuff.  I bought it Tuesday and had him sign it while at this business conference.  Good book so far.

The four main points – relationships, skills, character, and hustle – will be discussed in detail over the book.  I am reading about relationships now.  I have to work on relationships.  They cost a lot of energy.  I love people (mostly) but sometimes I do not want to spend that energy.  Selfishness, no doubt.

I think I will try to read “Freedom of the Will” by Jonathan Edwards again.  I have tried twice.  The first time I got pretty far.  The second time I did not.  I know I need to read it but like many books I need to read, I make excuses.  We shall see what the future holds for the books I read.

Time to read, pray, and think upon thoughts new and old.